Inkwell, by Hoefler & Co.
A tiny universe of fonts that combines the informality of handwriting, the expressiveness of lettering, and the versatility of type.
This typeface family is gorgeous. I am itching to use it for some publication!
Typefaces, by design, are unyielding in their style: a good typeface commits to a single visual idea, and explores it with thoroughness and consistency to produce a dependable tool for designers. Contrast this with handwriting, which serves only to record the thoughts of an author, but has the freedom to move from style to style as the message dictates. A writer might scribble a paragraph in cursive handwriting, but punctuate key points with capitals, or backtrack to over-ink some crucial point with darker and more deliberate strokes. It’s a flexibility that makes handwritten communications compelling, and makes the medium of writing infinitely expressive. By comparison, typography can feel almost stifling.
Inkwell brings this versatility to the designer, with a collection of styles that captures the honest and familiar qualities of the pen. Designed with care but without affectation, Inkwell portrays letters made with care and purpose, but without the formality and mannerism of calligraphy. At its heart, Inkwell is a text face, the alphabet with which you might letter an entire book if you had infinite time and patience. It’s designed for sophisticated typography, with the character set, weight range, and technical finish demanded by exacting typographers, so it’s up to the task of rendering even maps, reference books, and mobile apps. It offers a fresh take on “serious typography” by being thorough without being earnest.
Inkwell is provided in a range of styles with which readers already have clear associations: a bookish Serif and a cleanly printed Sans, a conversational Script, a ceremonial Blackletter, a fancy Tuscan for decoration, and a stately Open for titles. Each style is offered in six weights, from a technical pen Thin to a graffiti marker Black, all designed to be used interchangeably, so that every font can serve as a companion to its cousins.
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